10 Texas beers to enjoy all summer long

Texas brewers know just the kinds of beers we need to combat the heat. Here are 10 mostly Austin beers (and a cider-wine hybrid because it’s divine) to keep you cool all summer long.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Brazos Valley Brewery, in Brenham, has made a peach wheat with a couple of sneaky musical references.

Austin Beerworks Einhorn: The essential summer beer of Austin was recently put into powder blue cans decorated with unicorns (‘einhorn’ means unicorn in German) and sent all over town. Crisp, a little tart and very refreshing, the Berliner Weisse-style brew might not be as rare a find as the mythical horned horse now, but it’s not any less beloved. The North Austin brewery has even helpfully supplied a map to help us locate a six-pack, although you don’t have to rush out to find it: Einhorn will be available throughout the summer.

Live Oak Hefeweizen: A lot of the beers on this list are new, seasonal or small-batch, or some combination of the three. This one’s on here because it’s trusty — easy to get both in cans and on draft and always the straw-colored, aromatic gem we expect — and we should never take it for granted. Go get some.

The ABGB’s Rocket 100 Pilsner: This one is another reliable Austin brew and one of the beers that helped to cement the ABGB’s win as the Great American Beer Festival’s Brewpub of the Year. A pre-Prohibition example of a pilsner, it’s brewed with corn, one of the ingredients that German immigrants to our country would have used. Take it home in a growler or, better yet, a three-pack of crowlers.

Hops & Grain River Beer: Modeled after light lagers like Coors Banquet, with corn in its grain bill, River Beer is intended to accompany you on all your boat rides on Lake Travis, your tubing trips down the San Marcos River, anytime you are in or over a body of water in Texas. With it, Hops & Grain is hoping to attract people who drink the likes of Coors and Budweiser, but it’s flavorful (even a little sweet, thanks to the corn) and will no doubt be the favorite of regular craft beer lovers, too.

Adelbert’s Mango Wit: As I noted in a roundup of beers suited for springtime imbibing, the year-round Mango Wit is especially suited for the spring and summer months thanks to its sweet tropical notes. Now that it’s summer, let me just go ahead and quote myself: Adelbert’s made the Mango Wit with lemon peel and real, true, juicy mango, and let me emphasize the word “juicy” again. That’s exactly how this beer tastes: as if Adelbert’s filled cans with the sweet liquid squeezed from pounds of mangoes, threw in some citrus for balance and carbonated the result.

Brazos Valley Millions of Peaches Peach Wheat: Probably, the Brenham brewery is making a reference with the name and the can design to the Allman Brothers’ “Eat a Peach” record. But the six-pack I stumbled on at Whole Foods immediately made me crack a grin because Millions of Peaches is, to me, a nod to the insanely catchy ’90s diddly “Peaches” by the Presidents of the United States of America.

I bought the cans for the memory of belting out “millions of peaches, peaches for me” the summer in between high school and college and that alone, without knowing a thing about the beer, but fortunately it’s delicious. In the wheat beer, the sweet nectar of one of Texas’ most beloved fruits is preserved without being overly cloying, a danger that some fruit beers can face.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Got any outdoor summer activities planned? Don’t leave your six-pack of Oasis at home.

Oasis, Texas’ You May All Go to Helles and I Will Go to Texas: Are your Texan heartstrings tugging yet at this Davy Crockett reference (and well-placed beer pun)? Even if they’re not, the Lake Travis-area brewery has crafted a beer, light and thirst-quenching, that seems tailor-made for our state. The cans are a limited release, so don’t miss them.

Zilker Brewing’s Parks & Rec Pale Ale: Brewed in collaboration with the Austin Parks Foundation to celebrate Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, the seasonal pale ale, now in cans, doubles as a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the beer, made with old-school hops like Centennial to emphasize bright citrus notes, is being donated to the Austin Parks Foundation for Zilker Park’s upkeep. Not that you needed an extra reason to go buy it, right?

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Zilker Brewing’s newest canned beer was made to highlight Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary.

Jester King Foudreweizen: The brewery’s big and boozy Boxer’s Revenge, a a barrel-aged sour strong ale, releases this weekend, but it’s not exactly conducive to summer drinking. Buy a few bottles of that to go, since it ages so nicely, but don’t miss out on Foudreweizen. The collaboration between Jester King and Live Oak Brewing is also back and so nicely captures what both breweries do best.

It was made when wort brewed at Live Oak and inoculated with its hefeweizen yeast was taken to Jester King to transform at the hands of the native yeast and bacteria, alive in the walls of the farmhouse brewery’s foudres, and the resulting Foudreweizen tastes in essence like a funky wheat beer — bonkers good.

A crowler of Pinthouse Pizza’s latest IPA: Both locations of the brewpub are producing fresh examples of the hazy, juicy IPA they’ve perfected, from the This Is Juice at the flagship on Burnet Road to the Electric Jellyfish IPA that the South Lamar brewpub can’t seem to make enough of. IPAs generally aren’t my go-to style on hot summer days, but Pinthouse makes the beer low in bitterness, albeit with the aroma and flavors that hops can impart. Like the ABGB, both locations have crowlers.

Texas Keeper Cider’s Grafter Rosé: The best drink of 2016 is back in bottles and available at the cidery starting tomorrow afternoon, where you can sip it while enjoying barbecue from the new LeRoy and Lewis. This year’s Grafter Rosé, dry, spritz-like and tart, is made with Rome Beauty apples and Texas-grown Tempranillo and Carignan grapes.

Zilker Brewing’s Parks & Rec Pale Ale named for one of Austin’s favorite things

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Zilker Brewing’s newest canned beer was made to highlight Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary.

The name of Zilker Brewing’s latest canned beer suggests that the brewers have a particular fondness for the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” — but it’s actually a nod to something a little more homegrown.

Urban brewery Zilker Brewing, co-founded by brothers Patrick and Forrest Clark and their friend Marco Rodriguez, is about to release a limited liquid homage to Zilker Park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Parks & Rec Pale Ale is the result of a collaboration between the brewery and the nonprofit Austin Parks Foundation and officially debuts at the Yeti Flagship store on May 25.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the beer will go toward the Austin Parks Foundation to maintain Zilker Park, “the crown jewel of our parks system,” according to the foundation’s CEO Colin Wallis.

Giving back to a community-oriented organization like the foundation was an easy decision for Rodriguez and the Clarks to make, who “make it a priority to enrich the neighborhood we’re in however we can,” Patrick Clark said. “A big part of Austin is our outdoor spaces. If we can help those stay beautified, that’s a no-brainer for us.”

The brewery has taken its cues from namesake Andrew Zilker, an important figure in Austin’s history who gifted Barton Springs and the surrounding land, formerly part of his 40-acre ranch, to the city to be used as public parkland. He was both a philanthropist and an entrepreneur, but he got his start in Central Texas, as the story goes, with just a few cents in his pocket.

Also significant to the founders of Zilker Brewing is that during his successful career, he had ties to the beverage industry, with an ice-making business and bottling company, using the clean water from Barton Springs itself to make the ice.

The Parks & Rec Pale Ale, light and refreshing but still full of citrusy flavor, is intended to be enjoyed somewhere outside this summer.

Rodriguez, who oversees the brewing program at Zilker Brewing, made the beer with “old-school” hops like Cascade, with Centennial, he said, being the most pronounced in honor of the 100th anniversary of the park. These more established hops have fallen in popularity thanks to newer, more exciting varieties like Mosaic and Citra, which means the former hops’ aromas and flavors are becoming unfamiliar and thus “like new again,” he said.

“It’s a hop formulation we really loved and thought was appropriate for the beer: bright and citrusy, crisp and refreshing, rather than dank and bitter,” Patrick Clark said. “It’s nice when people say they would drink it outside, and they tell you that unsolicited. Because that’s exactly what we were going for — something to be enjoyed outdoors.”

The cans of Parks & Rec Pale Ale — largely designed by the brewery’s design firm Zocalo with a special Zilker Park 100th anniversary commemoration on it — launch during happy hour, 4 to 8 p.m., on May 25, at the Yeti store, 220 S. Congress Ave. Buy a special Zilker Brewing-branded Yeti Colster and you’ll get a free can of the beer. All sales from the Colsters will also be donated to the Austin Parks Foundation.

Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary is a year-long celebration with more things to come. For more information, visit zilker100.com.

“De-hazed” New England IPA, 8 other beers to celebrate release of new Austin Beer Guide

I’ll be blunt: You might have other ideas about how to spend the night of April 20. But just in case you’re not all about cannabis culture, Austin Beer Guide is throwing its spring/summer release party at the Draught House.

For beer lovers, that’s the place to be on Thursday, when the Austin Beer Guide authors will celebrate the debut of another free issue exploring local beers and the beer community. Several special brews from Austin producers are going on draft, including a collaboration between the Draught House and Austin Beer Guide called Don’t Haze Me Bro. The clarified IPA, done in the juicy style of a New England IPA, will come with free glassware if you order it.

An Chih Cheng / American-Statesman. The Draught House is once again the site of the Austin Beer Guide release party.

Another beer to watch for is Friends & Allies’ new Kick Start Belgian Golden Ale with Flat Track Coffee. That will also be on tap on Saturday during the East Austin’s brewery’s grand opening celebration, but you might want to relish the unusual style early. In it, notes of berry, apple and pear mingle with hints of dark chocolate.

Plus, North by Northwest and Last Stand Brewing have collaborated on Mr. Rogers, an imperial pale lager with Citra and Mosaic hops that the two breweries created for Dripping Springs’ Founders Day this weekend.

Here’s the full list of beers to enjoy starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Draught House/Austin Beer Guide: Don’t Haze Me Bro
  • Blue Owl Brewing: Saison Puede Farmhouse Ale
  • Hops & Grain: Dispensary IPA
  • Jester King: Super Ultramega Hyperforce
  • Friends & Allies: Kick Start Belgian Golden Ale with Flat Track Coffee
  • North by Northwest: Mr. Rogers Imperial Pale Lager
  • Last Stand Brewing: Oatmeal IPA, double dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe hops
  • Zilker Brewing: Hellsner, a step-mashed summer lager
  • Independence Brewing: Illustrated Man Dark Sour

For more information about Austin Beer Guide, visit austinbeerguide.com.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, February 2017

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Throughout the month of February, part of the proceeds from taproom sales of the Zilker Coffee Milk Stout will go toward the Mother's Milk Bank at Austin. Plus, the brewery is hosting a chocolate pairing for Valentine's Day.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Throughout the month of February, part of the proceeds from taproom sales of the Zilker Coffee Milk Stout will go toward the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin. Plus, the brewery is hosting a chocolate pairing for Valentine’s Day.

“The Founder” Founders Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. The Alamo Drafthouse is screening the McDonald’s origin story, now in theaters, with a themed menu and pairings from Founders Brewing. $64.95.

Beer, Babies and Boobs at Zilker Brewing, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Drink Zilker’s Coffee Milk Stout to help out a good cause: Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin is getting a portion of the stout sales.

Dark Beer Competition at Stouthaus Coffee, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Come to the dark side with beers from breweries like Hops & Grain, Austin Beerworks and Adelbert’s.

Corner Bar Five Year Anniversary Party, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Friends & Allies Brewing, Thousand Oaks Brewing and others are helping kick off a whole weekend of anniversary festivities.

February First Friday at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Jam out to a silent disco provided by two live DJs – just don’t spill your glass of wine.

This month's First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy's is the Crazy in Love, an imperial lager with cherries.
This month’s First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s is the Crazy in Love, an imperial lager with cherries.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. This month’s cask is Crazy in Love: the Crazy Day Imperial Lager with the addition of sweet dark cherries.

GoldRush Re-Release Party at Texas Keeper Cider, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. This single varietal cider is returning, and Guadalajaran food will be on site for you to pair with it.

South Austin Brewery’s 3 Year Anniversary, 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. A special anniversary beer, food trucks like Kebabalicious, and live music from Full Service Circus and more await at this big celebration.

Austin’s Hill Country Wine Tasting, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Take this interactive tour of Texas wines (William Chris Vineyards, Perissos Vineyard & Winery, and more) paired with local bands at the Gatsby bar. $45-$80.

Half Step’s 3 Year Anniversary Party, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Celebrate the birthday of one of Rainey Street’s most esteemed cocktail bars with Stiles Switch BBQ, live DJ music and ginger palomas.

Super Sunday at Treaty Oak Distilling, 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Watch the Super Bowl at the ranch – and get a sneak peek of the distillery’s upcoming Ghost Hill restaurant.

Second Annual SOUPer Bowl Watch Party at Craftsman, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Several participating breweries will make a soup, stew, gumbo or chili using one of their beers, and you’ll vote on your favorite after tasting samples of each. Oh, and watch the game, too.

Super Bowl Party at Whitestone Brewery, 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. The Cedar Park brewery will have games, snacks, drink specials and a raffle benefiting Heroes Night Out, in addition to the big game playing on multiple screens.

Parkside Projects’ Beverage Series: Sherry, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Learn about the different types of sherry, a fortified wine, at this class at the Spanish-focused Bullfight. $32.50.

Rosé Party at Irene’s, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Relax on the patio with your first glass or bottle of rosé of the season. California-based Lorenza is also launching in Austin at this party.

How to Classic Cocktail Series at Craftsman, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Russell’s Reserve Bourbon is leading this class to demonstrate how to make an Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Boulevardier. $16.82.

Cat Mezcal Pairing Dinner at Coast, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Enjoy cocktail pairings with this special seafood dinner that will complement the flavor profiles of the mezcal. $69.57.

Ommegang Rosetta & Chocolate Pairing at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Taste sweet cherry in this traditional Belgian kriek. The beer is being paired with Rosetta-infused chocolates.

Austin-Only Beer Release at Oskar Blues, 12 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Only available on draft at the taproom is the Parliament Dunkeldelic, a Munich-style dunkel.

Adelbert’s Passion Fruit Sour Release Party, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Celebrate Adelbert’s new taproom-only bottle release by enjoying limited samples and taking home a bottle of your own.

Wine Tasting Lounge Opening at House Wine, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. The new space will feature a rotating tasting menu of small-production wines, an exquisite bottle list and a seasonal tasting menu.

Fall Creek Vineyards’ Wine & Roses Valentine’s Day Luncheon, 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Enjoy a three-course lunch with Fall Creek wines at the Tow location of the winery. $35.95.

Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman. Fall Creek Vineyards is hosting a Valentine's lunch called Wine & Roses.
Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman. Fall Creek Vineyards is hosting a Valentine’s lunch called Wine & Roses.

Valentine’s Beer & Chocolate Pairing at Zilker Brewing, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The East Austin brewery is joining forces with another local business, Chocolaterie Tessa, to offer an evening of sweet pairings. $45.

Garrison Brothers Whiskey Dinner at NXNW Slaughter, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Don’t miss this six-course feast with three special whiskeys and a barrel-aged beer collaboration with NXNW. $125.

The Craft Series at the Driskill, 6 to 9 p.m Monday, Feb. 13. The monthly beer dinner at the 1886 Cafe & Bakery will feature South Austin Brewery this time. Make reservations, but you won’t pay until after the meal. $40.

Valentine’s Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. This extra-romantic version of the dog-friendly event will have all-day happy hour, live music and a puppy kissing booth with Heart of Texas Lab Rescue.

Galentine’s Day at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. All ladies will receive 20 percent of their bar tabs, no matter whether you’re a raging cynic or a hopeless romantic.

What the Firkin? at Oskar Blues, 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Oskar Blues is releasing a cask of Old Chub Scotch Ale with cherries and chocolate added.

Beer and Chocolate Pairings at Mort Subite, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Belgian beer bar is partnering with Crave Artisan Chocolate to provide a self-guided beer and chocolate feast on Valentine’s Day. $25.

Stone’s Arrogant Valentine’s Day at Banger’s, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Celebrate Stone Brewing’s 21st birthday and the day of love all in one go, with 21 Stone beers to choose from.

Cookies and Beer at the Whip In, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. This sweet pairing will feature Girl Scout cookies and beer from Hops & Grain, AleSmith Brewing and Goose Island Brewing.

2nd Annual Sausage Kings of Austin, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. At St. Elmo Brewing, several sausage purveyors will compete for your vote, while you sample their wares and two beers from St. Elmo. $26.

Vigilante Grand Opening, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. The gaming bar is officially opening with free game rentals and other goodies – for real this time.

Strange Land Brewery’s 2nd Anniversary Party, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Your $20 ticket will get you commemorative glassware, two full pours of any beer (including limited-release, small-batch stuff), a slice of beer cake and more.

Brews & Brunch at Hopfields, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Sip on flights of beer like the (512) Brewing Cascabel Cream Stout with floaters of Chameleon Cold-Brew.

The Brewer’s Table Pop-Up at Austin Beeworks, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Taste the upcoming restaurant-brewery’s flagship Common Lager along with bar snacks.

First Crawfish Boil of 2017 at Infamous Brewing, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Stuff yourself silly with the tiny shellfish and Infamous beers. First batch of crawfish will be ready by 2 p.m.

Pappy Van Winkle Flight Nights at Easy Tiger, 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 and Tuesday, Feb. 21. Just 30 flights are available each day of bourbon like the 10 Year, 12 Year and 15 Year. $50.

Bellus Wines Free Happy Hour Tasting at Italic, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Sommelier Jordan Salcito, founder of Bellus Wine and beverage director for Momofuku, is pouring three of his wines in the cafe.

How to Classic Cocktail Series at Craftsman, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The East Cesar Chavez Street’s boozy series continues with a workshop on making gin cocktails like a Negroni and French 75.

Barrel-Aged Stout Challenge at Waller Creek Pub House, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Four competitors, including Oskar Blues with reigning champ BA Ten Fidy, are going head to head and hoping for your vote.

Spicewood Vineyards’ 9th Annual Pair It with the Claret Chili Cook-Off, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Taste the different kinds of chili to decide which ones pairs best with Spicewood’s 2015 Cabernet Claret. $25.

Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ Third Annual Roast & Toast, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Taste Texas Monthly’s Top Texas Wines of 2016 at the picturesque Stonehouse Villa. $60-$85.

Austin Beerworks Beer Dinner at Greenhouse Craft Food, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The Round Rock restaurant is offering another epic multi-course dinner with Austin Beerworks brews. $64.12.

January overflows with winter beer releases from Austin breweries

Uncle Billy's latest seasonal is the third beer in the brewpub's farm-to-keg series featuring locally made ingredients.
Uncle Billy’s latest seasonal is the third beer in the brewpub’s farm-to-keg series featuring locally made ingredients.

Although the temperature is heating back up to the low-80s this week, it’s still the season for dark beers — and Austin brewpubs and breweries are responding with an array of porters, stouts, barrel-aged brews and beers with winter flavors.

Here are some of the local beers to look out for this month and the next, too.

Austin Beerworks Sputnik: The one-time cans of the seasonal beer might be long gone, but you can still find Austin Beerworks’ beloved Russian imperial oatmeal stout on draft at bars around town, including at the Brass Tap Domain.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the beer bar is offering Sputnik, Sputniko, Battle Axe and Pearl Snap as part of an Austin Beerworks tap takeover.

The Elfie Sunshine, an imperial coffee milk stout, was made with cocoa nibs and coffee beans.
The Elfie Sunshine, an imperial coffee milk stout, was made with cocoa nibs and coffee beans.

Zilker Brewing’s Elfie Sunshine: The Coffee Milk Stout is a mainstay of the East Austin brewery, but Zilker has been riffing on it with a couple of additions to the taproom menu, including a version of it on nitro and an imperial coffee milk stout with cocoa nibs called Elfie Sunshine.

In it, according to Zilker, “expect everything you love about the original: the caramelized sugar, the creamy texture, and of course the locally roasted coffee (thanks, Wild Gift Coffee), just more of it.”

Independence Brewing’s Illustrated Man Dark Sour: Although this beer won’t be ready for full-scale release in cans until next month, there will be a pilot brew version of it in the Independence taproom. The Illustrated Man is tart, with blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries adding extra flavor to the dark-hued ale.

Get a pour of it starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Black Star Co-op Moebius: The brewpub put out a call to action at the end of last week, asking for customers to stop in and prevent a possible closure. A good time to be there is on Jan. 17, when the house beer Moebius is tapping as a Woodford Reserve Whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout.

According to Black Star, the rich and viscous “Moebius is a decadent beast of a beer” that clocks in at a robust 10 percent alcohol by volume. It taps at 5 p.m. next Tuesday.

Blue Owl Brewing’s Lord Admiral Gravitas: Remember Blue Owl’s Admiral Gravitas, a sour imperial oatmeal stout? This wood-aged version, which spent time in Balcones Brimstone barrels, takes the Admiral Gravitas up a boozy notch and has additional notes of oak, smoke and complexity.

The barrel-aged brew will only be found at the brewery taproom starting at 3 p.m. on Jan. 18, although the Admiral Gravitas is more widely available around town.

Uncle Billy’s Shakolad Chocolate Imperial Stout: This full-bodied stout full of cocoa nibs from Srsly Chocolate is Uncle Billy’s winter seasonal, and it certainly lives up to its name — Shakolad is Russian for ‘chocolate.’ The sweet addition has imbued the dark brew, at 9.5 percent ABV, with plum, dark cherry and cocoa characteristics and will have you yearning for those chilly winter temperatures again.

Have a dark beer with a cup of coffee at Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. in Cedar Park this season.
Have a dark beer with a cup of coffee at Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. in Cedar Park this season.

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.’s S.O.N. Double Stout with Coconut: The Son of Ninja series is just another example of the skill at the Cedar Park brewpub, which makes these rotating dark beers using an underutilized brewing technique called Parti Gyle.

This version is a double stout with a dash of lactose sugar to give it a smooth, sweet body. Don’t miss out on getting a pour of the 8 percent ABV brew because it won’t be around for long.

Pinthouse Pizza’s Fully Adrift Double IPA with Coffee: The beer might not be a seasonal porter or stout, but it’s got the coffee we like to have this time of year.

Stop into the Burnet Road brewpub on Jan. 21 for the second edition of the Pinthouse Pizza Fully Adrift Double IPA “Lost at Sea” series, which added a coffee infusion this go round. Starting at 11 a.m. that day, bottles of the beer will go on sale, and it’ll also be available on draft. Bottles are $14.99.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, October 2016

In addition to the Tequila Tour on Oct. 20, the Iron Cactus is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this special margarita featuring an extra añejo tequila.
In addition to the Tequila Tour on Oct. 20, the Iron Cactus is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this special margarita featuring an extra añejo tequila.

Flying Saucer’s Oktoberfest Beer Games Day, 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Kick off your October with stein hoists, dachshund races and a keg race, as well as German food and beer specials.

Brew & Brew & Brew, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Celebrate three years of the Brew & Brew with a raffle for 1400 Miles and a killer beer list. No, really, it’s a good one.

Boxers at the Brewery, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Thousand Oaks Brewing in Cedar Park is hosting this fundraiser for Austin Boxer Rescue.

Founders Breakfast Stout Brunch at Brass Tap Domain, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Get a Founders-branded mug with the purchase of any Founders beer, including the breakfast stout.

Bluebonnet Oktoberfest, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Delicious German beers, food, balloons, face-painting, bouncy houses, contests and more await at the Round Rock brewery. $5 online, $7 at the door.

Easy Tiger’s Pumpkin Beer Flight Nights, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 4. $8 flights treat you to pumpkin beers from Boulevard Brewing, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier Brewing and Avery Brewing.

12th Annual Oktoberfest at Zax, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Local and German Oktoberfest beers are going to taste extra good with Smokey Denmark beer brats.

2nd Annual Oktoberfest Crowler Cup at Cuvee Coffee, 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Ten Oktoberfest beers will enter the ring, but only one will be victor. The winner is declared based on your vote.

For First Friday Firkin, Uncle Billy's Firkin Nutz is going for $3 a pint. It's the Berdoll Brown Candied Pecan Ale with cocoa nibs and raspberries.
For First Friday Firkin, Uncle Billy’s Firkin Nutz is going for $3 a pint. It’s the Berdoll Brown Candied Pecan Ale with cocoa nibs and raspberries.

First Friday Firkin at Uncle Billy’s, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. This month’s limited release is Firkin Nutz, Uncle Billy’s Berdoll Brown Candied Pecan Ale infused with cocoa nibs and fresh raspberries. $3 a pint.

Red River Tailgate at Treaty Oak Distilling, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. If you can’t make it to the rivalry game, the distillery has the next best thing: a festive State Fair vibe with burgers and dogs grilled over live fire, the game on multiple screens, beer on tap, and specialty cocktails.

Taptoberfest at the Brass Tap Round Rock, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. More Oktoberfest fun, with live music, a mug-holding contest and a beer list that will make your mouth water.

The Driskill Beer Dinner with Adelbert’s, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. A four-course meal from the 1886 Café & Bakery team, paired with beers from Adelbert’s Brewery. $40.

Blue Owl Brewing’s Wee Beastie Release, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Blue Owl’s next seasonal is a sour Wee Heavy, lightly peated, with malty-sweet caramel notes.

Edi Kante Pop-up Wine Dinner at Italic, 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Wines from producer Edi Kante will be paired with Italian dishes from Chef Andrew Curren. $25-$75. There’s also a free Kante happy hour at Italic’s café.

Women in Whiskey Panel at Easy Tiger, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. This special Whiskey Wednesday event will feature four whiskeys whose production is influenced by women – with three of those female industry stars present at an hour-long panel.

Oktoberfest at Banger’s, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 through midnight, Oct. 15. Three days of German beers, German-inspired food, German-related games and more commence with a gun salute and a free firkin of Live Oak Oaktoberfest.

Beers on Pink at Lustre Pearl East, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. This fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation features photographs of the beers from participating local breweries.

Deep Ellum Brewing Pint Night at Frank, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Pair Deep Ellum’s Hop Seeker, a wet hop ale, with poutine waffle fries to find yourself in a delicious food coma.

Hops & Grain’s 5th Anniversary Party, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. No pre-sold tickets this time; just show up and enjoy beers from an irresistible tap list.

Treaty Oak Ranch’s 1-Year Anniversary, 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Celebrate one year of the distillery’s new digs with games, cocktails, food trucks and even a car show.

It’s the Tits Fest at Adelbert’s, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Adelbert’s 2nd annual fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center will have much more than 15 beers on tap.

Flying Saucer’s BeerFeast 2016, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The bar’s annual festival, with more than 50 breweries and 80 craft beers, returns. $35 in advance, $45 at the door.

Operation Steingrabber at Zilker Brewing, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The launch of Zilker’s Festbier wouldn’t be complete without sausage, steins and music, of course.

Sip & Savor at Swift’s Attic with Lakewood Brewing, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Go on a culinary tour of Lakewood’s brews, which are paired with inspired small bites. $40.

Iron Cactus Tequila Tour, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Taste 10 tequilas of your choice from up-and-coming brands. Admission also gets you appetizers, live music and a branded snifter glass. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

.5K Micro Marathon at Circle Brewing, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Run with pints for 1,640 feet to help raise money for the Sustainable Food Center. Don’t spill to win. $20-$35.

Honey Fest at Texas Keeper Cider, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Two Hives Honey will be at the cidery for a day of bee education and revelry. Plus, Texas Keeper is releasing its first cyser (honey and apple fermented together). $10.

Pinthouse Pizza’s 4th Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The Burnet Road brewpub is transforming into a 1980s senior prom for the day, with a photo booth, an ’80s DJ and special tappings. If you live south, check out Pinthouse Pizza on South Lamar’s 1st anniversary bash (a freshman prom.)

Live Oak Brewing’s Annual Oaktoberfest, 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Enjoy polka music, smoked meats and sausages from Smokey Denmark, and fresh Oaktoberfest and Smoaktoberfest on draft at the brewery.

AustOberfest 2016, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The annual event doubles as Scholz Garten’s whopping 150th anniversary. Expect beers, all-you-can-eat sausage, bowling and more.

Winemaker Tasting at June’s, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Join the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas for this come-and-go tasting featuring Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards. $55-$70.

Infamous Oktoberfest at the League in Lakeway, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Celebrate the League’s 5th anniversary with beers from Infamous Brewing.

Official Kick-Off Party of Austin Beer Week, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. The week of beer insanity returns with a celebration at Craft Pride, which will be tapping more than 20 special releases.

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. San Gabriel River Brewery, in Liberty Hill, is hosting its first chili cook-off at the end of October.
Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. San Gabriel River Brewery, in Liberty Hill, is hosting its first chili cook-off at the end of October.

San Gabriel River Brewery’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. An admission ticket, proceeds of which benefit Habitat of Humanity of Williamson County, will get you a taste of any or all of the chili and a beer from the taproom. $10.

Pints for Pups at Infamous Brewing, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. $10 donation gets you an event glass and 1 pint of Infamous goodness, with the money going toward Wags, Hopes and Healing.

Draught House’s 48th Anniversary Party, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The beloved brewpub’s biggest party of the year will host a Beer Olympics, live music and food trucks. And lots of great beers.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, July 2016

Photo by J. Potter-Miller. Last Stand Brewing, down the street from Jester King, will be open on Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. starting this weekend, when you'll be able to try the brewery's two flagship beers.
Photo by J. Potter-Miller. Last Stand Brewing is teaming up with its boozy neighbors, Argus Cidery and Revolution Spirits, on Fourth of July weekend for a series of collaborative releases.

‘Merica Fest 2.0 at the Brew & Brew, 2 p.m. Friday, July 1. Get your Fourth of July celebrations started early and stop into try some great American brews from the likes of Real Ale and Austin Beerworks.

Reds, Whites & Blue Cheese at the Austin Winery, 12 p.m. Saturday, July 2. The Austin Winery is supplying the red and white wine, while the Burro Cheese Kitchen will have the blue cheese sandwiches.

Celebrate Your Independence First Saturday Party at Independence Brewing, 1 p.m. Saturday. This patriotic version of the monthly party is offering three beers for the purchase of a $10 wristband.

Craftsman Park All-American Release Party, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Boozy neighbors Argus Cidery, Last Stand Brewing and Revolution Spirits are sharing their collaborative releases.

Rustic Tap Grand Opening, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2. This outdoor beer bar from the Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse next door is officially opening with adult sno cones, party games and even a slip-n-slide.

Geraldine’s Red, White and Blues, 8 p.m. Sunday. The night on the rooftop deck at Hotel Van Zandt kicks off with a live show from Jackie Venson, accompanied by patriotic bites and cocktails.

Fourth of July at Live Oak Brewing, 12 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 4. This family-friendly party will have good ol’ American tunes along with some special dry-hopped casks featuring American hops.

Fourth of July Party at Hops & Grain, 12 p.m. Monday, July 4. Hops & Grain’s annual Independence Day party returns with special glassware and Your Mom’s offering sliders.

Like sister bar Drink.Well, Backbeat offers well-made cocktails and food, some of which will be on special during happy hour.
Backbeat is throwing a shrimp boil on the Fourth of July with drink specials and eats.

Backbeat’s 4th of July Shrimp Boil, 2 p.m. Monday, July 4. All-you-can-eat Gulf shrimp boil with trimmings and drink specials from Brooklyn Gin, Friends & Allies Brewing and Old Forester Bourbon. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

The Rattle Inn 4th of July Fireworks Viewing Party, 8 p.m. Monday, July 4. The rooftop deck at the Rattle Inn offers great views of the fireworks and tasty cocktails to boot.

El Alma’s 5 Year Anniversary, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Celebrate with margaritas and mariachis at this anniversary fiesta. $5 Margaritas Clasicas will be available ‘til closing time.

Chef McGrath’s Summer Dinner Party with Wine at Central Market Cooking School, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8. A five-course feast paired with summer wines.

Twisted X Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Picnic, 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9. This Hill Country brewery will launch a rebranding with music, merchandise from local artisans and family-friendly activities.

Red Line Brewery Tour 3, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Take the Capital MetroRail Red Line to visit three local breweries – Black Star Co-op, Circle Brewing and Zilker Brewing. If you go to all three, you can get some free swag.

Texas Wine Revolution, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Taste rosé wines from more than 20 Texas wineries, which are showing off their distinct terroir at this event at William Chris Vineyards in Hye with live music, food and more. $50.

Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman. Whisler's celebrates its 2-year anniversary on June 28.
Photo by Emma Janzen. Whisler’s celebrates its 3-year anniversary on July 10.

Whisler’s 3 Year Anniversary, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Raise a glass to this East Austin cocktail bar, which will have live music, a special cocktail menu and a beer from Oasis, TX Brewing made especially for Whisler’s.

10 Years of Texas Beers at Opal Divine’s Marina, 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 through 8 p.m. Friday, July 15. Enjoy tap takeovers from Thirsty Planet, Independence Brewing, Karbach Brewing, Real Ale and more.

Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine Dinner at Counter 357, 6 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. A five-course feast paired with IMT wines including the 2014 Bubbles Universe and the Denver Cabernet Franc. $100.

Zax’ Thirteen Year Anniversary Party, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. This Barton Springs Road restaurant is still going strong, so toast with a special tapping of Lagunitas Lucky 13.

Jacoby’s and Austin Eastciders’ Dinner, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14. The east side neighbors are pairing up for this four-course meal featuring Eastciders’ four main ciders. $65.

Six-Pack Stories, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14. The “original gangsters” of craft beer – such as Brad Farbstein of Real Ale Brewing and Brock Wagner of Saint Arnold Brewing – are teaming up in this panel to share long-lost stories of the early days.

Summer Luau & Pig Roast at the Whip In, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 16. $2 off any beer or wine if you’re wearing a Hawaiian shirt at this surf rock party.

Real Ale 20 for 20 at the Growler Bar, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Pflugerville’s newest craft beer bar is having Real Ale take over the taps to mark the brewery’s 20th anniversary.

Odell Tiger Whisper Release Party, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. At Easy Tiger, try the beer bar’s collaboration brew with Odell Brewing in Colorado. Tiger Whisper is a single-hop pale ale.

Official Launch of Friends & Allies’ Urban Chicken Saison, 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. The local Friends & Allies Brewing is releasing another animal-themed beer at Mean Eyed Cat.

Kitty Cohen’s Grand Opening, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 22. After replacing Bar 2211, Kitty Cohen’s, a beachy retro-inspired bar, is officially opening with Proof & Cooper fried chicken and live tunes from the Avocados and DJ Shorty Stump.

Texas Keeper Cider Release Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23. The South Austin cidery is welcoming a new demi-sec cider that will remind your palate of a good German Riesling. Live music, lawn games and food also await.

Taste of Cesar Chavez Festival, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Craftsman is playing host to a variety of local bars and restaurants on East Cesar Chavez, including Jacoby’s, Mongers and Sawyer & Co., to showcase the flavors of the street.

Wet Hot Adelbert’s Summer & Can Release Party, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Adelbert’s beers are finally going into cans, and the brewery is marking the moment with live music, food trucks and a snow cone station.

1st Annual Beer Can Chicken Competition, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Three local breweries – Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain and Independence – compete against each other and Whip In chefs.

Z’Tejas’ Celebration of National Tequila Day, 11 a.m. Sunday, July 24. All three locations of this Tex-Mex spot will have a deal too good to miss: half off all tequila drinks. Yes, all of them. All day.

Feast of Saint Arnold Beer Dinner at Greenhouse Craft Food, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24. The Round Rock restaurant’s monthly beer pairing dinners are returning with this one featuring Bishop’s Barrel beers and other Saint Arnold offerings. $70.54.

Recalcitrant Dockhand Tapping at Black Star Co-op, 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. The gold medal winner at last year’s Great American Beer Festival returns with all the roasted coffee, vanilla and molasses notes you swooned over last time.

Adjunct Professor Blackberry Release at Blue Owl Brewing, 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Professor Black has gotten fermented with blueberries and blackberries, so it tastes like a sour-mashed stout with chocolate-covered berries. How can you resist that?

Real Ale 20th Anniversary Backyard Bash & Tap Takeover at the Blackheart, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Two days’ worth of cellared releases tapping in one afternoon, Texas barbecue and rock ‘n’ roll in celebration of 20 years of Real Ale.

Pinthouse Pizza South Lamar’s Grand Opening Party, 11 a.m Saturday, July 30. Yeah, the second location of this brewpub has been opened awhile, but who can turn down a party with special beer tappings, door prizes and more?

First look: East Sixth Street’s Lazarus Brewing

East Sixth Street continues to boom with nightlife options — including the upcoming Lazarus Brewing, the brainchild of pastor Christian Cryder.

Lazarus Brewing is open on East Sixth Street later this year, if the planning process stays on schedule.
Lazarus Brewing is open on East Sixth Street later this year, if the planning process stays on schedule.

He’s found two buildings at the corner of East Sixth and Chicon streets, across from Whisler’s and down the road from fellow urban brewery Zilker Brewing, to transform into a veritable beer haven. Because he has so much space to work with, he wants Lazarus to brew up a range of styles, from IPAs to wild ales.

Most notable about Lazarus is that it’s going to be what Cryder calls a “pints-on-premise operation,” a brewery that isn’t so concerned about having its beers in stores or bars.

“Our focus is not on distribution or trying to get our beer into as many places as possible,” Cryder said. “Instead, our focus is on creating a space where people really want to hang out, all through the day multiple times a week… This is the kind of brewery we fell in love with when we discovered craft beer, and we felt like it hadn’t really caught on yet in a place like Austin.”

Lazarus Brewing will have a lot to lure you in and keep you there, too, once it opens by what Cryder hopes will be October. In addition to the beer, produced from a 10-barrel system, the brewery will have house-made root beer, kombucha and espresso, as well as Topo Chico, Mexican Coke and even a selection of wines.

“We’re kind of saying, ‘What kind of beverages play a big part of people’s lives? and let’s create a space that brings all of those together under one roof,'” he said. “With street tacos. You can’t go wrong with great tacos.”

The benefit of having two buildings — one the former Bike Texas space, the other the old Cool Store — means that in addition to the more accessible beer styles Lazarus will have, the brewery also has room to make rarer styles that take time to come to life.

“We have a unique opportunity to create specialty beers that are much more challenging and interesting,” Cryder said. “Think sours, wilds and barrel fermented beers — almost like a mini-Jester King right in the heart of Austin. And some of these will be high-gravity seasonals that we package in 750s and sell on premise for people to take home. ”

Cryder developed his love for beer in much the same way other professional brewers have: after having an unsatisfying career in another industry. He worked in software for 14 years, he said, before deciding to change course and become a pastor. That’s around when he began homebrewing using the hops he planted in his garden — and, after partnering up with Missoula, Montana’s Big Sky Brewing to make a beer called All Souls Ale for a charity event, he realized he might be ready for another career change.

“And now it’s finally becoming a reality: the funds are raised, we have an incredible location, an even more incredible brewer, and all systems are go,” he said, adding that Lazarus is waiting another couple of weeks to announce who the brewer will be.

The name of Cryder’s brewery pays homage to his second profession — one that historically has deep roots in Old World brewing.

“It comes from the Bible — Lazarus was a guy that Jesus raised from the dead,” Cryder said. “I like the imagery of death to life. I like the irony (modern brewing has Christian roots; I’m a pastor starting a brewery), but mostly I just think it’s a great, strong name that feels like it fits my own story. So we ran with it.”

For more information, visit lazarusbrewing.com.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, March 2016

Photo by Ben Sklar. Texas Keeper Cider's cidery in the Onion Creek area of South Austin isn't opened with regular hours yet, but the cider release party on June 20 is a good opportunity to visit the scenic cidery in the meantime.
Photo by Ben Sklar. Texas Keeper Cider’s tasting room, built out of a historic farmhouse, is finally ready to open this month with a grand opening celebration.

Drink.Well’s Anniversary Week, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 through 11 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Toast to four years of this North Loop bar with a week full of throwback cocktails from earlier menus.

6th Annual Republic of Jack at Jack Allen’s Kitchen, 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Celebrate Texas Independence Day with $6 Z Tequila and Republic Tequila cocktails, as well as plenty of snacks.

Parlor & Yard’s Grand Opening Party, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. The newest Bridget Dunlap bar opens on West Sixth with live music, free T-shirts and a roll-out of the cocktail menu.

Ballast Point Sculpin Tap Takeover at Pinthouse Pizza, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3. How do you like your Sculpin? Taste all five varieties – from nitro to grapefruit to pineapple – in a side-by-side flight.

White Rabbit Pub Crawl on Rainey Street, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3. Chase the white rabbit – a.k.a. a pint of Independence Brewing’s white ale – through various bars, including Craft Pride, Banger’s and Bungalow.

Uncle Billy’s First Friday Firkin, 5 p.m. Friday, March 4. Kick off your weekend with a refreshing version of the popular Lazy Day Lager made with prickly pear, sour orange, and lemon zest.

Twisted X 5K Beer Run, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5. When you’ve finished up this easy street run through Dripping Springs, you can return to the brewery for a post-race party with beers, food trucks and music.

Wurstfest’s Craft Beer Festival, 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Pours of more than 80 craft beers are available at this New Braunfels festival. $35 in advance, $50 at the door; $100 VIP tickets.

Contributed by Independence Brewing. Chase the white rabbit at a pub crawl and at Independence Brewing this month.
Contributed by Independence Brewing. Chase the white rabbit at a pub crawl and at Independence Brewing this month.

Independence Brewing’s Crawfish Boil & Craft Beer Bash, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Wash down pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish with White Rabbit White Ale, the brewery’s spring seasonal.

Last Stand Brewing’s 1-Year Anniversary Party, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Limited release brews will commemorate the milestone along with food truck grub and live music.

Pints for Pits at Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Love-A-Bull’s annual St. Pittie’s Day event invites you to bring your pup, wear green and enjoy a beer – all for a good cause.

BeerYoga at Hops & Grain, 10 a.m. Sunday, March 6. A one-hour, all-levels yoga class will relax you just in time for a pint of beer. $19.44.

Craftsman Monthly Crawfish Boil, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 6. $5 per pound of crawfish, along with $5 Tito’s Handmade Vodka and $10 Tecate 6-packs (or $2 Tecate singles).

Wine Slushies at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 through 10 p.m. Monday, March 21. Slurp your wine throughout SXSW, when the urban winery is offering a very fun alternative to the normal way of drinking wine.

Victory Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Celebration at Easy Tiger, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. Special tappings of Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA and Ten Years Alt.

Books & Beers at Blue Owl Brewing, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Librarians will be at this happy hour, pairing their favorite books with Blue Owl brews. Plus, bring in gently used books for donations and sign up for your very own library card.

Irish Whiskey at Twin Liquors Round Rock, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Prep yourself in advance of St. Patrick’s Day with this guided tasting of Beam Suntory whiskeys, including Kilbeggan and Connemara. RSVP in advance to secure a seat.

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing’s Unoversary, 7 a.m. Friday, March 11 through 11 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Two days of celebrations, including special beer releases: Unoversary Smash, You Be Forty Barrel-Aged Belgian Red, Vanilla Whiskey Barrel Suburban Ninja and more.

Circle Brewing 5th Anniversary Party, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Celebrate five years of Circle with the brewery’s new Archetype Historical IPA. There will also be food trucks, live music, fun games and firkin tappings.

Photo by Kooper Family Whiskey Co. Austin's finally got a rye whiskey produced here with the arrival of Kooper Family Rye to the local market.
Photo by Kooper Family Whiskey Co. Try the locally aged Kooper Family Rye at the brand-new tasting room in Dripping Springs.

Kooper Family Rye Tasting Room Opening, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12. The Dripping Springs tasting room and barrel house will have whiskey samples and Old Fashioneds to enjoy Saturdays starting this weekend. $5.

Texas Keeper Cider Taproom Opening Party, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12. The doors of a historic farmhouse are officially opening at this party with special-release cider, lawn games and more. $10.

Treaty Oak Distilling’s Inaugural Hill Country Kitetail Fest, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Bring your kite to fly with dozens of others, and even if you don’t win one of the contests, you’ll still get to enjoy a Treaty Oak cocktail.

Cheese-Y Movie Night Part II at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. 4th Tap beers paired with Antonelli’s Cheese and a screening of the St. Patrick’s Day movie “Leprechaun.”

Jack & Ginger’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 12 p.m. Thursday, March 17. This Irish pub is going all-out with live music throughout the day, including bagpipes at 5 p.m. There will also be lots of beer and street vendors.

St. Patrick’s Day at Opal Divine’s, 12 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Two Opal locations – Penn Field and Marina – are offering live music all day, as well as the usual pints of beer (that won’t be dyed green).

St. Patty’s Day Celebration at Zilker Brewing, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17. You probably won’t have to worry about green beer at this party, but you will drink Zilker beer to the sounds of Irish music.

Black Star Co-op Crawfish Boil, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19. A whole boatload of Gulf Coast crawfish awaits for a boil on the patio, where you can chow down on a 2 lb. plate for $12.

Infamous Is Turning Three, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Ten Infamous Brewing beers – including Sweep the Leg, Party Juice and a third anniversary brew – will be the highlights of this special day.

Fixe’s Halter Ranch Vineyard Happy Hour, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with small bites on the patio with the Paso Robles winemakers. RSVP through Facebook to attend.

Banger’s Smoke Out Saturday, 12 p.m. Saturday, March 26. You know the drill. Enjoy a feast (a seafood boil this month) with live music and one of Banger’s many beers.

The ABGB’s A Nice Pear Bottle Release, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Tour the brewery and pick up a bottle of the latest brew in the You’ll See, Baby series of sour beers.

Blue Owl Brewing’s Blue Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27. Spend your Easter at the brewery searching for eggs and expect surprises, prizes and – naturally – lots of fun. $20.

Austin’s drinking events calendar, February 2016

South Austin Brewery has been going through changes in the past year, including a renovated taproom, but one aspect of the brewery won't change. It's still a place where people can come to drink beer and listen to live music.
South Austin Brewery is celebrating its 2 year anniversary on Feb. 6 with beer and live music.

Slow Wine Guide, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. 80 producers from 15 Italian wine regions are at this tasting to familiarize you with their philosophy surrounding biodiversity, eco-friendliness and more.

Italic’s Selvapiana Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. A five-course tasting menu will showcase the wines of Selvapiana Winery, in a historic and renowned region of Italy. $75.

Whalez Bruh Rare Draft Release, 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Whip In is pulling rare beers from the cellar, from 2013 Deschutes the Abyss to 2014 Prairie Balcones Whiskey Barrel Bomb.

The W Austin’s Women’s Club Wednesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. This new boy’s club for women features a Patron Tequila tasting this month. $32.64.

Pint Night for a Cause at Workhorse Bar, 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. New Belgium Brewing is featured at this event that is giving 15 percent of proceeds to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Central Austin.

Firkin Friday at Uncle Billy’s, 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Try a cask of the Green Room IPA, augmented with grapefruit zest and Equinox hops for flavors of green pepper and tropical fruit. $3 a pint.

South Austin Brewery’s 2-Year Anniversary, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Enjoy cans of the Evel Ale, the Kol’Beer and the TPA, as well as live music, food truck eats and more.

Cocktails and Cheese at Small Victory, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Antonelli’s Cheese is celebrating six years in business with this pairing of four drinks and cheeses. $40.

The Craftsman SOUPer Bowl, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. While you watch the Super Bowl, seven breweries are duking it out with a different challenge. They’ll make a soup, stew or chili with one of their beers and you’ll decide the favorite.

Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. The Infinite Monkey Theorem is hosting a wine pairing dinner with Chi'lantro on Feb. 8.
Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. The Infinite Monkey Theorem is hosting a wine pairing dinner with Chi’lantro on Feb. 8.

Chi’Fancy Wine Pairing Dinner at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Five courses of a one-time menu from Chi’lantro paired with wines from the urban winery. $80.12.

Mardi Gras at Drink.Well, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. $8 classic New Orleans cocktails all night, including traditional French 75s, Hurricanes, Sazeracs and Grasshoppers, as well as a Cajun feast.

Whisler’s Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Mardi Gras party favors and a New Orleans-inspired cocktail menu to celebrate this day of epicurean excess.

Blue Owl Collaboration Release at Black Star Co-op, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Black Star and Blue Owl Brewing have teamed up to make Can’t Quit You, a sour-mashed double IPA.

Boulevard Flight + Seminar at Easy Tiger, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. Taste Boulevard Brewing beers – including Love Child No. 6, Tell-Tale Tart, Rye-on-Rye and Bourbon-Barrel Quad – with brand ambassador Jeremy Danner.

Valentine’s Day-Themed Wine Tasting at Lenoir, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Find the wine for your weekend for two with Lenoir’s beverage director, Chris Kelly, who will be pouring lush and blush winter reds and rosés.

Love Goes Sour Week at Flying Saucer, 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Sour beers are on tap from New Belgium Brewing, BFM, Prairie Artisan Ales and Cascade Brewing.

Smoke Out Saturday at Banger’s, 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. A special Mardi Gras edition of this smoke fest brings Cajun food, live music and beer to the Banger’s courtyard.

Galentine’s Day at Zilker Brewing, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Ladies only for this afternoon featuring a special cask tapping, local vendors, light bites and a raffle benefiting SafePlace.

Meridian Hive Meadery’s Dynamo Release Party, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Austin’s only meadery is debuting Dynamo, a sessionable sour cherry mead made with two types of cherries, cinnamon, vanilla, almond and orange blossom honey.

Valentine’s Vow Renewal at New Braunfels Brewing, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Renew your vows brewery-style: with a beer in hand. $25 per couple.

Cafecito Meets Professor Black at Blue Owl Brewing, 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. This perfect pairing – a splash of Revolution Spirits’ coffee liqueur with Blue Owl’s sour cherry stout – is available with the brewery’s usual $15 sensory tour.

Special Valentine’s Day Tapping at Hops & Grain, 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. You’ve got a date with two Volumes of Oak Beers: Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Culture with Raspberries and Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Culture with Cherries.

Valentine’s Day Beer and Chocolate Flight at Craft Pride, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Sample five 5 oz. beers with chocolates from Austin-based Crave Artisan Chocolate. $20.

Valentine’s Beer Pairing Dinner at Hi Hat Public House, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. A five-course dinner by Chef Thomas Reeh, paired with Live Oak Brewing beers. $80.12

Barrel-Aged Week at Eureka, 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15 through midnight Sunday, Feb. 21. A full week of events related to barrel-aged beers, including a beer dinner featuring suds from Austin Eastciders, Real Ale, Rahr & Sons, Karbach and (512) Brewing. $6-$60.

Winner, Winner, Whiskey Beer Dinner at Flying Saucer, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. All whiskey barrel-aged brews at this dinner. More details to come.

Craft Pride’s 3rd Anniversary Party, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Lots of special beers going on tap to mark the occasion, including 2013 Real Ale Scots Gone Wild, Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel and many more.